Imagine in the News
Award Winning Software
April 4, 2017:
NEW! Prime Transcoder for Macintosh
PrimeTranscoder for Macintosh is a new application offering fast file conversions, simple interface, and watch folder technology to streamline transcoding workflows.
"PrimeTranscoder is a powerful transcoding application that allows users to convert multiple files to different formats at once. It recognizes and converts more than 20 different HD, 4K, and RAW camera formats, including ARRI, Blackmagic, Canon, GoPro, Panasonic, RED, Sony, and many more," said Michelle Maddox, marketing director at Imagine Products. "While that's happening, it can also create editable or sharable files. By doing all those things simultaneously, PrimeTranscoder maximizes time and makes for a more efficient workflow — and that's what our customers have told us they need as they strive to compete in an evolving industry." READ MORE...
March 28, 2017:March 7, 2017:
ShotPut Pro and G-Technology Drives Help Deliver a Very Poignant HBO Stand-Up Special
Aaron Brenner is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director specializing in sports, reality, and unscripted production and post. In the past 13 years, he has worked closely with a variety of production companies and sports teams, including the UFC, the L.A. Galaxy soccer team, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams, the World Series of Poker and more. Seven of those years were spent working for the L.A. Kings ice hockey team, where he built and directed the in-house production group charged with producing original content for TV, the web, and social media. In fact, this production team model continues to be replicated across sports franchises today.
For me, the ShotPut Pro offloading application is a must-have. I’ve taken it on the road with me and have used it on hundreds of projects. I’ve been using ShotPut Pro for more than eight years, and it gets better with each new version. I can’t believe we all used to copy camera masters without checksum verification!
I often use it in conjunction with G-Technology G-Drives. I’ve been a longtime user of both ShotPut Pro and G-Drives because of their speed and reliability....
...I had the privilege to work on a comedy special called Quincy Jones: Burning the Light. Quincy Jones (no relation to the music mogul) is an aspiring L.A. comic who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015 and was given a year to live. Thanks to a friend’s Kickstarter campaign and a boost from Ellen DeGeneres, Jones got to realize his dream of having his own televised stand-up comedy special, which aired June 2, 2016, on HBO.
Time was of the essence, so the show went from wish to reality in a matter of weeks. HBO signed on for the project in mid-March 2016, the show taped on April 4, and we had to deliver the show to HBO by early May. Delivering the show on time and to HBO’s high standards was critical, not to mention challenging, given the schedule. Not only that, but there was a small post editing team — just me! I was responsible for all on-set DIT followed by a quick-turn conform, edit, and delivery. READ MORE...
ShotPut Pro6 on Tour with Elton John
By Chris Sobchack
Advice for the Working DIT
I’ve been traveling around the world with Elton John for the past 17 years as his drum and percussion technician. Over time, as I became more and more immersed in video production and post-production outside of my work with Elton John — at Wraptastic Productions, the production house I co-own with my wife, Nicole — I started applying that expertise to my role on the tour as well.
In modern production and post workflows, with so much data being created and transferred among a multitude of devices, the possibility for data loss is all too real. I have friends who don’t know what has become of their master drives for feature-film projects! Simple backups with known data integrity are a must in the data-driven film and video world. From the moment you pop a card out of a camera, the clock is ticking to duplicate, protect, and verify that data so the card can be cleaned and overwritten for the next pass in the camera. We started using Imagine Products SHOT PUT PRO for data offloading on tour about three years ago. READ MORE...
But the bottom line is this: I've never bothered to search for any other offloading solution. I've had no reason to look any farther than ShotPut Pro.
October 19, 2016:
Doodle Reviews of ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh
by Kevin McAuliffe
I have to say that when the task of reviewing software to offload camera media came across my desk, I had pretty much figured it would be a standard, uneventful review, but I really have to say that Shotput Pro 6 (SP6) really turned my opinion right around and quick.
If you work in a production company that does a lot of shooting, this handy little piece of software will get your footage exactly where it needs it to go once it has been brought back to the office, or wherever it’s going to be edited. It will verify the copy as well, so you can sleep easy knowing your footage has been checked via the Checksum feature, and is waiting for an editor to start cutting....
All this is very cool, but what really blew me away was the reports that were generated by Shotput Pro 6. You get a complete breakdown of all the shots that were transferred, thumbnails, and information about the clips including duration, codec and so much more. I have to say that I was truly blown away by the amount of depth you could have out of, what would seem to be, a very simple program.
In the end, Shotput Pro 6 is a fantastic little application, that if you do any card-based shooting, should be an absolute must have tool to move and verify your media. I’ll be honest, I could go on for hours about all the parameters you can set, and the detail you can go into for moving your footage, but you really should check it out for yourself. READ MORE...
October 18, 2016:
A Film-Makers Review of ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh
Why aren't all camera operators doing this?
For some time now secure offloading software has been available. Whilst it's widely used by DITs and Data Wranglers, there is a slow but gradual uptake of use by camera operators, editors and videographers. I've personally been using ShotPut Pro 5 for the last year and … the knowledge that all the data is securely transferred to two separate locations and checksum verified, I can go home without worrying that I'm going to get a call in the morning from a client who's data corrupted on transfer.
So this is where ShotPut Pro 6 comes in. As the latest version of Imagine Product's DIT suite, it brings a couple of new feature's to the table. Namely improved licensing, faster speed, better ability for individual files and a rather cool PDF summary of each transfer. READ MORE...
September 29, 2016:
ABELCINE REVIEW: ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh
Imagine Products has released version 6 of their ShotPut Pro software. Those of us familiar with ShotPut know that it is one of the most important tools in modern digital imaging. ShotPut ensures that the content of media cards is safely offloaded to your destination drives. It upholds the first commandment of media offloading: Thou Shall NOT Drag And Drop.
In this blog I take you through the major updates of the program, including a selectable user interface. It is now possible to offload only selected clips – prior versions only let you offload the entire contents of a card. The offload process can now be paused and resumed. Another new feature of this version is that PDF reports are possible, complete with frame grabs.
September 22, 2016:
STUDIO DAILY REVIEW: ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh
By Barry Braverman
The Ubiquitous Offloading Tool Gets a Tune-up for Handling Very Large Camera Files and More
"Any way you wrangle it, SPP’s nifty new Pause & Resume feature is a major enhancement in version 6.
Pressed for time, DITs and data wranglers are often forced to interrupt the transfer of large data files. On many shows there are not enough hours in a day to permit uninterrupted offload of the huge, 4K-and-higher-resolution camera files. Exhausted data wranglers must work late into the night and may suffer miserably in a thankless job." READ MORE...
September 15, 2016:
Imagine Products Receives 2016 Best of Media and Entertainment Software Award
Imagine Products has received the 2016 Best of Indianapolis Award in the Media and Entertainment Software category by the Indianapolis Award Program.
Each year, the Indianapolis Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Indianapolis area a great place to live, work and play. READ MORE...
September 13, 2016:
Imagine Products Qualify for Top Shelf in New Zealand
Established in 1988, Top Shelf Productions is a leader in New Zealand television and film production. It has a long and successful history in television — particularly with documentaries and factual-based series which comprise more than 1500 hours of documentaries and multiple award-winning productions.
“When I first came to Top Shelf,” says Jack Mugford, Film and Television Editor, Top Shelf Productions, “the archive was scattered across drives and DigiBeta XDCAM tapes, and accessing the content was a time-consuming, stressful, tedious endeavor. My goal was to ensure that at the end of each production, we archived everything to LTO tape so that it would not only be safely backed up, but much easier to access.
“To make it happen, we turned to PreRoll Post, the LTFS archiving application from Imagine Products. Having used applications from Imagine Products before, I knew the company’s knack for amazing software that follows a logical thought process. In fact, we use Imagine Products software throughout our workflow, starting with the ShotPut Pro offloading application and ending with PreRoll Post. Simply put, choosing PreRoll Post was a no-brainer.” READ MORE...
August 17, 2016:
NEW! ShotPut Pro 6 for Macintosh
ShotPut Pro Version 6 for Macintosh introduces a new user interface with a color-coded progress window, in-depth folder naming options, pause and resume processing, ‘video aware’ reports with metadata and thumbnails, Finder tags and more.
ShotPut Pro 6 features an all new activation system for remote, web based management. The all new GUI has a color coded status/progress listing with user definable offload identifiers. You can now Pause and Resume offloads making it convenient to pick up and move on location. And offloads may be sequenced by the user for priority completions.
Naming Presets are more powerful than ever. Now you can color code them, sort them, import/export them between users and computers, and build complex combination naming schemes including sub-folder nesting.
There's also a new Direct to Destination mode that allows direct Drag and Drop between drives without creating new offload folders. Finder Tags are retained with your copies. And there is a Favorites list for convenience and organization.
Any attached drives (volumes) have information panels to show you their status and tasks. And offloads of course have similar Detailed information at your finger tips.
The new PDF offload report format offers Video Aware information such as extracted video file metadata and progressive thumbnails of the contents of clips. READ MORE...
See ShotPut Pro 6 Live at New York City's MoPictive Users Group